|Birth: ||Mar. 19, 1926|
|Death: ||Feb. 13, 2011|
Charlene Elois (Fox) Blanchard, daughter of Duane and Genevieve (Hopkins) Fox, was born, March 9, 1926 near Watson, Missouri and left this life on Sunday, February 13, 2011 at the Heartland Hospital in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Charlene graduated from the Clearmont High School in 1944. It was at Clearmont that she first met Dean Blanchard, her husband of 62 years. Charlene attended college at Tarkio for one semester and then worked as manager of the Brown's Shoe store in Shenandoah, Iowa until Dean returned from service. They were married on June 15, 1947 at the Methodist Church in Shenandoah, IA and began farming near Clearmont. To this marriage five children were born: Gerald, Brenda, Alan, Brian and Lyle.
Charlene always had a love of horses and began riding her Grandfather's workhorses. She was delighted as a child when Grandpa bought her a spotted mare named Beauty. When Dean and Charlene's farming operation had grown, Charlene made sure that horses were included in the livestock raised on the farm. Riding and going to horse shows was a fun family activity and Charlene raised many foals over the years. Charlene and Dean worked as partners on the farm in both the crop and livestock operation and rarely were apart. They were also active leaders in 4-H and the Nodaway County Extension Council. Charlene loved to travel and planned trips to various part of the U. S. whenever she could get Dean off of the farm. Dean and Charlene shared a love of the Lord and were active in Baptist churches at Clearmont, Hopkins, and then Laura Street.
Charlene was preceded in death by her husband, Dean; sons Gerald and Brian; granddaughter, Correne (Cox) Welch; and brother, Charles "Bud" Fox.
Left to remember her are: her daughter: Brenda (Ron) Cox, Bedford, Iowa; son: Alan (Kathy) Blanchard, Clearmont and son: Lyle Blanchard, Kansas City, Missouri; grandchildren: Fletcher (Rachael) Cox Denver, Colorado; Troy Cox, Denver, Colorado; Dustin and Jesse Blanchard, Clearmont; Ashley Blanchard, Maryville; and Shelby and Nate Blanchard, Kansas City, Missouri; brother: Merle (Ruth)Fox, Rock Port, Missouri; brothers-in-law: Glenn (Jean), Widefield, Colorado; Raymond (Pat), Dolan Springs, Arizona; sisters–in-law: Cathleen McIntyre, Shambaugh, Iowa; and Helen (LeRoy) Morrison, Maryville, Missouri.
Visitation is 5-6 pm, Thursday, February 17, 2011 at Price Funeral Home, Maryville, Missouri.
Funeral Services will be 2:30 pm Friday, February 18, 2011 at Price Funeral Home Chapel, Maryville with burial in Hopkins Cemetery, Hopkins, Missouri.
Roy Dean Blanchard (1926 - 2009)
Gerald Duane Blanchard (1949 - 1970)*
Brian Lee Blanchard (1959 - 1959)*
Created by: Vernon Gibbons
Record added: Feb 15, 2011
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